Roll 1: shooting with the poor man’s Leica


I recently acquired a film rangefinder camera. A Bessa Voigtländer R2A, with a Voigtländer 35mm f1.7 Ultron lens. This is a poor man’s Lieca. Since I would rather have a Lieca M9, this really is this poor man’s Lieca. As the M9 costs over 10 times what I paid for the used Bessa, I will learn to shoot with a rangefinder using the “real raw,” film, instead of the gorgeous DNG files that an M9 can produce.

The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson

As a way to learn to shoot with a rangefinder, I have set myself the task of doing some street photography over the Summer. As Victoria, my home town, is overrun with tourist this time of year, I plan on shooting the shooters. That is, I plan to shoot tourist taking pictures around town. I don’t know if there is a deeper meaning to this project, but it is giving me an opportunity to play with the new camera and to learn to shoot in a new way.

My goal is to post every time that I have a roll of film developed. Hopefully, with each roll, I will learn more about shooting with the rangefinder. Whether I learn anything more profound from this exercise…

SPECS
Film: Ilford Delta 400 EV=0

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